Exciting week for a techie like me

Chrome is dominating the news this week in many ways with the announcement of release dates for Chrome OS, a new version of the Chrome Browser and Chromedeck which is a new Web App from the brand new Web Store. Lots to play with over the Christmas period as often is the case.

I’ve had the chance to upgrade my Chrome installation and it certainly is faster and will be exciting to see how this improves some of the development work that I am doing at the moment which makes heavy use of Javascript. In fact more and more sites do nowadays with the popularity of JQuery becoming a pivotal element in most modern websites. So it’s welcome news to hear that V8 the Chrome Javascript engine has been refactored to run twice as fast. Great news for developers and users alike. Will be interesting to see how benchmark tests compare for IE, Firefox, Safari et al as they all raise the bar to compete with eachother.
Another interesting development in the Chrome camp, is the Web Store from where today I grabbed Chromedeck. We have already become familiar with Chrome’s ability to run web applications in their own tab/window which can be saved as a shortcut on your desktop or for Windows 7 users, a pinned tab in the bar. A feature I use a lot to get to Gmail quickly for example. Well now you can go to the new Web Store where you can install apps for free or in some cases for a charge. Will this open up a whole new market for developers and software companies? We shall wait and see. 
Chromedeck is the app I have been long waiting for, as now Tweetdeck runs from within your browser and strongly resembles my favourite implementation of Tweetdeck so far, the Android version. I love the fact that I can view my Twitter, Buzz and Facebook updates from a single feed. I am no fan of Air applications if I am being totally honest, so to see this great product in Chrome, is fantastic.

New web-photography project: dev.journog.com

My new project starts – I am working on a new kind of blog and travel website, in fact it’s hard to pigeonhole right now and if I am being honest, good! I don’t like having to fit a category….

Journog is about photography and travel writing combined with geotagging.

I am starting it off with a series of tests as I venture into Europe next week. Hopefully this will prove that my geotagging etc works. Then the project will develop from there fairly rapidly…..

Currently lives under dev.journog.com because of my existing photoblog but this will take over from that and go well beyond being just a personal site.

Twitter weekly digest

I have been twittering for a long time, well since the Summer of this year, click on the More button to read some of the crazy stuff I have been writing over that time, apologies for its length (in fact it’s unhealthily long) but looks like the Twitter plugin has gone way back in its data. These are scheduled to go out each and every Sunday, so lets see what next weeks looks like! Hopefully shorter!!! P.S You can find me on twitter.com/nicklewis Read more

Brightkite

[image title=”Brightkite” size=”thumbnail” id=”1425″ align=”left” linkto=”viewer” ]Thanks for inviting me to Brightkite whoever you are. It certainly is an interesting concept but I am struggling to find a real use for it over the other social tools I currently use. In my mind there are only so many of these Web 2.0 apps that one can use at any single time. It can become confusing and you can reach a stage of meltdown if you are not too careful.

What exactly is Brightkite I hear you say?

The idea is simple, it enables users to “check in” at the locaton they are currently located at. So lets say you have just walked into a cafe off of Tottenham Court Road in London, you can “check in” there and find out who is nearby and likewise people can see you – unless you are running in Private mode, in which case only “friends” can see where you are. Read more